The Blue Jays will look to R.A. Dickey to get them back on track on Wednesday as they wrap up their series against the Brewers at Miller Park.
The knuckleballer will attempt to salvage a win out of what has been a dismal eight-game road trip, during which the Blue Jays have gone 1-6.
Dickey allowed a two-run shot early in his last start, and that was all it took to take the loss. He didn't allow another run and turned in his second consecutive quality start but suffered from a lack of run support.
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said facing the knuckleball requires a different approach at the plate.
"You can't try to swing hard and do too much, because that's what he's banking on," said Lucroy, who's 3-for-6 in his career against Dickey. "The ball is going to move at the last minute all over, so you have to try to see the ball up and try to hit a line drive somewhere. If he's down in the zone, he's going to be tough."
Jimmy Nelson will get the ball for the Brewers, who'll be looking to sweep the two-game series. The right-hander is 2-3 in seven starts this season. He was recalled from Triple-A Nashville in early July when Marco Estrada was sent to the bullpen.
Prior to his promotion, Nelson was 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 16 starts with Nashville, and considered the organization's top prospect by MLB.com.
He pitched six innings and gave up two hits and two earned runs in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Nelson has been improving since his call-up.
"Jimmy was good. I liked his command," Roenicke said. "His fastball was mostly down in the zone. He threw some really good sliders. So yeah, I thought that was one of his better games."
Blue Jays: Encarnacion gets first start back at first base
An Interleague matchup vs. the Brewers meant Edwin Encarnacion got the start at first base Tuesday for the first time since hitting the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle.
Encarnacion was activated from the DL on Friday but played his first three games at designated hitter. Toronto wanted to limit the wear and tear on his right leg, but with a pair of games in Milwaukee this week, that's no longer possible.
The 31-year-old was at first base and the plan is for that to happen again on Wednesday while Adam Lind becomes a late-inning pinch-hitter off the bench.
Brewers: Timelines set for Lohse and Garza
Target dates were in sight on Tuesday for the returns of Brewers starters Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza from injuries. The team hopes to restore Lohse to the rotation next week in San Diego after he missed a start with a sore ankle, and Garza has been put on a path to return from a rib-cage strain sometime during the first week of September.
The Brewers have been taking a particularly conservative approach with Lohse, who rolled his ankle on Aug. 2 in St. Louis and made two subsequent starts with compromised mechanics. After he exited an Aug. 13 start at Wrigley Field with renewed pain, the parties agreed it was time to get healthy.
The Brewers can get by with their four current starters through Monday's series opener in San Diego, making Tuesday's game at Petco Park a potential stage for Lohse's return.
•Jose Bautista has reached base safely in 110 of his 119 starts this season. He has also reached base safely in 26 straight games.
• Lucroy currently leads the National League in doubles (42). No primary catcher in Major League history has ever led his league in doubles.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.